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Safety Guidelines for USA

NAKA Cares is our humble effort to provide assistance, information and guidance to Konkani community visitors or members.
While NAKA Cares leverages community volunteers to help you, please maintain suitable medical and legal coverage while you are in the US as a visitor may need to avail these services on an emergency basis as the case may be.
Please treat NAKA Cares as a resource but not as your primary source of support. Please drop a mail to us with details of assistance or help expected from NAKA Cares. We will do our best to find you help.

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Visitors or members can contact NAKA Cares in case of any assistance is required.
Please drop a mail with details of help needed. We will do our best to assist you locally.

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Some simple tips for visitors to the US or US visitors traveling abroad:

Review the escape route in your hotel room
Let's be honest -- when you check in to a hotel room, you're more focused on scoping out the amenities than studying the map on the back of your door. But before you get too settled in, you should take a quick look at the emergency escape routes. You'll be glad you did if an emergency arises in the middle of the night.

Leave an itinerary and emergency contact
Unplugging while on vacation can be great, but try not to go too under the radar, especially if you're traveling alone. Leave your itinerary (even if it's just as basic as which city you'll be visiting and when you'll return) with a trusted friend or family member back home, and try to check in with him or her every day. That way, if something happens, they can alert authorities on your behalf.

Scan a copy of your passport
Before you leave, scan a copy of your passport, e-mail it to yourself and take a photo of it to save on your cell phone. That way, if you need your passport while out (but it's locked up in your hotel safe), you'll have access to all your details. Plus, if it's stolen, getting a replacement will be that much easier. You may also consider saving it to your Dropbox, Google Drive or similar online service provider.

Confirm visitors with the hotel desk
You're in your hotel room and there's a knock at the door from someone claiming to be maintenance or housekeeping. Before you let this person in, call down to the front desk to verify that someone from the property needs access to your room. Criminals have been known to pose as hotel workers in order to get inside rooms.

Don't flash your cash or valuables
Keep your cash separated, with some spending money easily accessible and the rest hidden, so that you're not showing off a big wad of cash every time you pay. Although it's tempting to have your smartphone out constantly to look up directions or take photos, be mindful of your surroundings -- thieves love to grab cell phones from people using them on trains and run off at the next stop.

Steer clear of animals
Cute stray dogs and cats roaming the streets may make for good photo opportunities, but resist the urge to get too close. Wild animals can carry all kinds of not-so-fun diseases (including rabies) that could ruin your trip.

Keep an emergency car kit
Whether you're driving your own car on a road trip or renting one abroad, make sure you keep a fully stocked kit in case of emergency. This should include a backup battery for your phone, a first-aid kit, reflective warning signs, blankets, non-perishable food, a tire gauge, a flashlight, bottled water and a snow shovel.

Save emergency numbers
Remember, you can't call 911 everywhere. Find out what the local emergency hotlines are and save them to your phone (preferably on speed dial). Also research the nearest U.S. embassies or respective consulates and save those addresses and phone numbers as well.

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